Guilty pleas in three separate court cases, drug charges thrown out in fourth

In a plea agreement, Derek Turner, 46, of 37 Evergreen Estates, Jersey Shore, pleaded guilty to a charge of unsworn falsification to authorities after Tiadaghton Valley Regional police withdrew a charge of illegal firearms sale and transfer.

The charges stemmed from an incident on Dec. 7 when Tuner put down false information on a form when he attempted to buy a firearm at National Sporting Goods, 1242 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. He made arrangements to a pay $1,000 in fines and court costs order by District Judge Jerry Lepley.

In another plea agreement, William Drick, 61, of 837 Funston Ave., pleaded guilty to charges of possession of marijuana and defiant trespassing after city police withdrew a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia at the office of District Judge Christian Frey.

The charges stemmed from an incident in the 1200 block of Vine Avenue on Jan. 18. Drick made arrangements to pay $743 in fines and court costs.

Regarding another case before Frey, Mark Masters, 41, of 1118 Mulberry St., pleaded guilty last week to a city police charge of possession of marijuana that stemmed from an incident in the 400 block of West Fourth Street on Jan. 25.

In another case handled by Frey, the judge tossed out all drug-related charges against Charles Kaelin, 26, of 326 Bridge St., but held him on charges of attempted theft, felony trespassing and criminal mischief.

Upon reviewing testimony presented on April 23 at Kaelin’s preliminary hearing, the judge dismissed state police charges of attempted delivery of two bundles of heroin for $150, conspiracy to deliver and illegal use of a cellphone.

All six charges stemmed from an incident in the 2500 block of Grant Street in the city on Sept. 12, according to court records. Kaelin remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.


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